It’s Time to Bring Back the Mile
By Donald Buraglio and Mike Dove, The Running Life
Look at any list of the top sporting accomplishments of all time, and Roger Bannister's four-minute Mile will be near the very top. It was the culmination of a quest that captivated the world, and an iconic moment that ultimately transcended sports. On a blustery spring day at Oxford University's Iffley Road track, Bannister accomplished a feat that many observers considered physically impossible.
On the 440-yard tracks of the day, the one-Mile race and Bannister's accomplishment had an especially elegant symmetry to it: four laps, one minute per lap. Races were timed by sweep-arm stopwatches, and a runner on four-minute pace would circle the track in perfect synchronicity with the second hand of the watch.
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